The president of Liberia Wrestling Federation, George Gould, on Saturday arrived in Nigeria for the Governor Nyesom Wike National Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition holds from November 23-30 at the Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Gould, on arrival, told newsmen that he was excited to be in Nigeria and was also overwhelmed by the welcome.
He said Nigeria had presented itself ‘squarely and clearly’ as the leader of Africa and the Black race.
“I am very proud of this position, I’m impressed with the hospitality and this has rekindled my hope, respect for Nigerian people.
“I will now refer to this country as the ‘Great Nigeria.’
“I want the people of Nigeria to keep up the spirit of competition, hard work and leadership,” he said.
Gould said his mission in Nigeria was to strengthen the relationship, partnership and collaboration between both countries, especially in the areas of sports and most importantly, wrestling.
“I visited Nigeria some years back on a similar mission, but not at the national level. This is my first time on the national level.
“I have seen Nigeria compete in wrestling at numerous competitions and they are dominating and highly competitive,” he said.
He added that Nigeria’s wrestling is an inspiration to Liberians. “We hope to benefit from Nigeria’s experience and to tap into Nigeria’s resources to strengthen Liberia’s wrestling,” he said.
On the African Wrestling Championships to be hosted by Nigeria in 2018, Gould was certain that Liberia would participate.
“We would definitely be in Nigeria for the championships, even if we won’t attend any other wrestling competition.
“We are hoping to rob Nigeria of one of the medals. Nigeria should be mindful of Liberia. We intend to use Nigeria to make a story.
“We are doing all we can to ensure we are at the competition. We have registered for participation.
“We might not be as prepared as we ought to be, but we are more prepared than we used to be.
“We are more organised and have a competent coach who’s doing so well with the wrestlers,” he said. (NAN)
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